Conflict

We see conflict in many different ways on personal, local, and global levels. We experience and observe successful and unsuccessful conflict resolution strategies, which can influence how we deal with our own conflicts.

This inquiry explores some kinds of conflicts and resolutions related to the First World War.

The six resources below suggest connections between the ways that conflict can happen in historical situations and in our own lives. These resources could lead to discussing ways to resolve conflict positively in relation to existing school or community approaches.

(external link) Watch this short video clip on Conscription from War Stories – Episode Three.

War News video clips courtesy of PRIME TV, The Gibson Group Ltd & NZ On Air. 

 Conscientious Objectors (external link) Watch this short video clip on Conscientious Objectors from War Stories – Episode Three.

War News video clips courtesy of PRIME TV, The Gibson Group Ltd & NZ On Air. 

Additional Conflict resources

Years 1-4

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Causes of war

A portrait of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria is a starting point for exploring how the assassination of this one man could begin the First...

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Peacekeeping

The photograph of a New Zealand soldier with children in the Solomon Islands highlights the peacekeeping role of many New Zealand defence force personnel around...

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Personal conflict

Taming the Taniwha, the story of a child trying out ways to deal with a bully, helps in learning to identify and understand what conflict...

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Relationships

A Christmas letter to Father Christmas shows the anti-German sentiment common in New Zealand around the time of the First World War.

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Resolving conflict

The Duck in the Gun is a classic story that highlights the futility of war and the importance of communication.

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rules

Rules

Your school rules or behaviour expectations will stimulate discussion about how rules at family, community, and national levels help us to build safe communities.

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Years 5-8

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"The News in Samoa"

Two newspaper articles, published side by side a few days before New Zealand troops captured German Samoa, suggest to New Zealand readers reasons for the...

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Agreements

A photograph of the Treaty of Versailles reminds us that this agreement, which formally ended the First World War, can still be controversial today.

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Causes of war

A satirical map suggests the levels of tension between European countries at the beginning of the First World War.

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Conflict in New Zealand

A photograph on a journal cover features a family receiving notification that the father’s name has been drawn in a ballot for compulsory enlistment.

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Rules

A propaganda poster, warning people to prevent the information they have from falling into enemy hands, is an example of rules in wartime.

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The United Nations

A photograph of New Zealand Prime Minister Peter Fraser signing the United Nations Charter in 1945 leads us to think about the role of the...

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